Maradith Lindsay Meeks and Adam Douglas Gray were united in marriage Aug. 24, 2013, in an outdoor wedding held in the courtyard at the West Virginia University Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown. Dan Kessinger officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Tom and Tamara Meeks of St. Marys. She is the granddaughter of George and Marge Meeks of Paden City, W.Va., and the late L.K. and Leona Sine of Paden City, W.Va. She is a 2006 graduate of St. Marys High School and a 2010 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. She is employed at Novelis Aluminum, Inc. in Fairmont, W.Va., as a supply chain coordinator.
The bridegroom is the son of Doug and Lori Gray of Bridgeport, W.Va. He is the grandson of Doug Gray, Sr. of Clarksburg, and Mary Ann Forinash of Weston, W.Va., and Ronald George and the late Nancy George of Bridgeport. He is a 2007 graduate of Bridgeport High School and a 2011 magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University, where he received a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering.
He is an engineer in gas processing at Dominion Transmission in Clarksburg.
Escorted and given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore an original ivory strapless ball gown from Allure Bridals Couture, which featured a unique sweetheart neckline and corseted bodice embellished with embroidery and Swarovski crystals. The full skirt and train had soft pick-up details accented with flowers and feathers. The bride's fingertip veil was accented with rhinestones and crystals and complimented by a diamond tiara, as something borrowed from her sister, Monica, which she wore in her wedding.
The bride carried a bouquet of ivory garden roses accented with feathers and crystals.
Monica Manning of Columbus, served as matron of honor for her sister. Bridesmaids were Jessie Henegar of Morgantown, friend of the bride; Meaghan Cochrane-Morton of Manhattan, Kan., and Megan Elder of New York, N.Y., both childhood friends of the bride; and Emily Gray of Bridgeport, sister of the bridegroom.
The bridal attendants wore high-low dresses of sapphire blue chiffon with one shoulder of roses accented with rhinestones. They carried tropical colored bouquets of roses, ranunculus, orchids and lisianthus.
Flower girl was Catey Hunter of Cranberry, Pa., cousin of the groom. She wore an ivory organza dress with chiffon overlay that pocketed purple flower petals at the hemline and accented with a purple satin belt and sash.
Best man was Jon Morehouse of Bridgeport, friend of the groom.
Groomsmen were Catlin Buckley of Baltimore, Md., Dirk Athey of Bridgeport and Cameron Jougras of Clarksburg, all friends of the groom; and Mark Manning of Columbus, brother-in-law of the bride. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with sapphire blue vests and bowties.
Myles Manning of Columbus was ring bearer, and his little brother, Maxton, carried a sign announcing the arrival of their Aunt Maradith. Myles wore a black tuxedo with ivory vest and bow tie to match the groom's attire. Maxton wore a black and white short set with suspenders and cabbie hat.
The Beatles theme wedding music was provided by Chanler Bailey on the steel drums. Family was seated to the song "Something," the bridal party entered to "Here Comes the Sun," presentation of bride with her parents was "In My Life," "I Will" was played during the lighting of the unity candle and the recessional song was "All You Need is Love." The steel drum music continued at the pre-reception in the Alumni Hall.
Afterward, guests were escorted to the Grand Ruby Hall for the plated dinner reception and dance. The couple had a five-tier wedding cake, each layered with a different flavor. It was adorned with cascading flowers matching the bridal party's tropical bouquets and topped with a rhinestone "G."
The groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner on the eve of the wedding at Oliverio's Restaurant in Morgantown for the wedding party and their guests.
The newlyweds enjoyed a week-long honeymoon in Jamaica, before returning to their residence in Bridgeport.